BRETTON WOODS, N.H. -- New Hampshire's Mount Washington area may be
best known for winter sports, but there is plenty for families to
do during the warm weather months.
The area's grand dame property, the Mount Washington Hotel &
Resort, offers a range of such kid-friendly activities as tennis,
biking, swimming and horseback riding on its 2,600-acre spread.
Especially enticing to weary parents is the summer King of the
Mountain Kids' Kamp, which offers a full or half day of activities
for children ages 5 through 12.
The camp includes such supervised functions as picnics, outdoor
games, cooking sessions in the hotel kitchen, movies, nature walks,
arts and crafts and tennis lessons. Evening programs also are
available for parents who want to dine on their own.
The resort is so popular for tennis that it was just named one
of the four best family tennis resorts in the country, according to
the April 2001 issue of Tennis magazine.
The property features 12 red clay courts where guests can play
on their own or in round-robin tournaments, or participate in
clinics or private lessons.
Another popular family attraction is horseback riding, with
programs ranging from guided excursions on scenic trails in the
mountains to pony rides for children.
The facility, located in an original Victorian stable, is within
easy walking distance of the various accommodations.
Clients looking for some historical perspective on the area can
take a ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway, also owned by the
The roundtrip ride, which climbs at such a slant that passengers
can practically stand on the back wall, includes a 20-minute stop
at the summit.
Once there, families can hike the marked trail and catch the
views or enter the visitors center for refreshments. Be advised,
however, that the temperature at the top will be chilly enough for
hats and gloves, even in summer.
One of the biggest draws of the Mount Washington area is the
hotel itself, which opened in 1902 and combines a
turn-of-the-century elegance with a low-key, casual ambience that
invites children to roam and explore its nooks and crannies.
To lure families, the property offers a selection of family
suites and connecting guest rooms as well as kid-friendly menus and
inclusive meal plans.
Visitors who like the area but prefer less grand accommodations
can stay at the Bretton Woods Motor Inn across the street, which
features 50 guest rooms, private balconies and patios, an indoor
pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and family dining at Darby's
Also available are the adjacent Townhomes at Bretton Woods,
which range from one- to five-bedroom units comfortably furnished
and offering fully equipped kitchens and sunny decks.
Those who like a more traditional New England inn can stay at
the newly restored Bretton Arms Country Inn, a 34-room inn
featuring a cozy dining room on site.
No matter which property clients choose, they receive access to
Mount Washington Hotel & Resorts' sports club and swimming
pool, accessible via complimentary shuttle service.
For more information, call the resort at (800) 258-0330 or visit
the Web site at www.mtwashington.com.
Resort offers tennis in the mountains
BRETTON WOODS, N.H. -- This summer, the Mount Washington Hotel
& Resort is offering a series of Tennis in the Mountains
Packages include accommodations in superior rooms, full daily
breakfast, a four-course dinner each evening, unlimited use of
tennis courts and a daily half-hour lesson with the resort's tennis
professional per person. The programs range from $349 to $379 per
couple, per night.
Also available to guests of the Bretton Woods Motor Inn and The
Bretton Arms Country Inn, the packages cost from $119 to $199 and
$139 to $269, per couple, per night, respectively.
Guests who prefer horseback riding can choose from group tours,
at $35 an hour per person, $60 for two hours; private tours are $50
an hour, and pony rides $5 a child. Advance reservations are
recommended by calling the stable at (603) 278-3388.
Rates at the Mount Washington Cog Railway are $44 for adults;
$40 for seniors, and $30 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children under age
6 ride free on a parent's lap.
Family Cog Rail days, scheduled during holiday periods, include
special storytelling activities, giveaways and reduced rates.
For additional information, call (800) 922-8825 or (603)
278-5404, fax (603) 278-5830 or visit the Web at www.thecog.com.